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Contents

September 2015 HOA Communication

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Property & Development

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Paarl History

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Sightseeing

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Events & Media

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Wine & Dine

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On Show

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Building & Development

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Solar Power for your Home

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Sports & Leisure

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Social & Community

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Stable Talk

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Landscape & Facilities

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Safety & Security

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HOA Pages

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Grapevine Magazine is published for Val de Vie Estate Elements Management (PTY) Ltd. Val de Vie Estate, R301/Jan Van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl 7647, South Africa

Contact: Tel +27 (0)21 863 6103 / Fax +27 (0)21 863 2741 Email info@valdevie.co.za / Web www.valdevie.co.za Editorial CarlĂŠ Geldenhuys Sub editor Brenda van Rensburg Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling Contributors Front Cover - John Wilkinson (john.wilkinson.photo@gmail.com), Morne Bosch, Liz Smithers, Retha Venter, Suzan Venter, Franschhoek Motor Museum, Val de Vie Events, Monte Christo Miqlat, Dish Food & Social, Mark Pettipher, Stefan Le Roux, Johan Stander, Barry Cooke, Mieke Le Roux, Paul Emslie, Karin Van Niekerk, Madri Steyn, Kelly Mathias, Naas Engelbrecht, Brett Ashington, Carle Geldenhuys, Janette Griesel, Heidi Cloete, Magda Henning Advertising sales Carle Geldenhuys (carle.geldenhuys@valdevie.co.za), Janette Griesel (Janette.Griesel@valdevie.co.za) Managing, design and production Mark Pettipher, MPDPS (PTY) Ltd (mark@mpdps.com) Production manager Dalene van Niekerk Designers Wade Hunkin, Dirk Knoesen

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Chairman’s report 1. Security Security remains the number one reason why buyers invest in the estate. We complete another year without incidents – a record we treasure and for which we are extremely grateful. The estate

• A response vehicle equipped with a dog and roaming thermal camera patrols the area around the estate at night; • The guards at the gate are monitored by the guards in the control room;

also won the Safe Home Award category of the International Property Award in December 2014. The focus areas on the security front included: 1. Maintaining vigilance through a variety of regular stress tests. 2. Improving the experience at the entrance gates – electronic visitors system / image

• The security committee receive daily reports of every incident - from speeding tickets to house alarm activations, stress test results, impounded dogs etc; • We also receive daily reports from security forums of security threats in the area, including warnings of suspicious vehicles and people;

3. Landscaping and water management

and soft skills of the guards. 3. Improving compliance to general estate rules such as pets and speeding. 4. Safeguarding the technology against electrical interruptions. 5. Conducting research to ensure we are

• We do back-ground checks on tenants before they move in; and • We conduct random criminal background checks on the contractors’ work force.

through the costs of the mere process itself and the risks associated with a change in contractor. In other words, we believed it to be very unlikely, for good reasons that we will procure a better service at a better price than what we can negotiate with the current contractor. We could therefore negotiate better terms and in line with

acquainted with the new technology. Same system basically entails that: • We verify and photograph each person who enters Val de Vie; • We have 24/7 thermal camera surveillance of every inch of the electrified perimeter; • A total of 140 cameras are monitored by a dedicated surveillance team in our control room; • Guards patrol at night and their movements are tracked and monitored;

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2. Building activity At the previous AGM we reported record high levels of building sites. As expected it came down from 101 peak sites in that year to a current 50 sites. It brings welcome relief to the amount of traffic as well as the activity at the L’Hugeunot gatehouse. We now have 400 homes completed and we expect the majority of the remaining homes to be completed within three years from now. Each year seems to bring some new development onto the estate. The previous year saw the cellar being restored and expanded to its new form. The Polo Village project finally commenced

during this year and stands to be completed by June 2016. Only ten of the sixty units remain unsold. At R26 000 p/m2, these sales set a new benchmark for property prices on the estate.

The three year contract of the current landscape maintenance contractor came up for renewal during this year. In line with the detail recommendation of the landscaping committee, the Trustees decided not to put the contract out to tender, as we believed we stood to lose more

expectations the overall cost increased with a factor lower than inflation. The polo maintenance contract was also awarded to Servest and they took over at the beginning of August. This further enabled the HOA to achieve cost savings through economies of scale. We are well aware that the landscape cost is our single biggest expense and a lot of attention is awarded to ensure that the contractor is managed strictly in accordance with the terms of the contract and that we achieve savings where

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HOA Communication possible. A lot of savings are achieved on the consumable side. The scope of the landscape maintenance contract has matured to a level, which can now be maintained for the long term. The new wireless irrigation management system, enables us to apply water more accurately and we therefore achieve significant savings in overall water usage. We only have 1 000 000kl per year to use and we used it all during the previous financial year. We constantly investigate and pursue viable water saving techniques. We constantly urge homeowners to do the same in their private gardens.

4. Finances The HOA is in a healthy financial position. During the 2015 financial year we billed levy income of

When the HOA’s five year cash flow forecast was presented two or three AGM’s ago, one of the concerns raised was the HOA’s dependency on extraordinary levy income – an income stream that will one day come to an end. One of the questions addressed, was how long the HOA will enjoy this extraordinary levy income, and what the effect will be on the normal levy should this income stream fall away. Other factors that were considered: 1. Not all of the developer erven have been transferred – normal levy income will increase as the number of normal levy payers’ increase; 2. Additional levy income streams will be realised from the incorporation of further development

R21.55m and operated at a net monthly surplus of R381 000, which is almost double than budgeted for. We ended the year with a cash balance of R17.9m and this balance has increased to a current figure of R18.1m (before provision for creditors and short term liabilities). The total budgeted surplus in the current financial year

phases like The Vines – this will also have a huge positive impact on our levy income streams. By increasing the normal levy by not more than inflation year-on-year, the HOA should, over a period of five years, be in a position where it is no longer dependent on extraordinary levy income. Over the longer term, the additional levy income should result

is R1.2m. The debtors balance decreased from R1.45m at 2015 financial year end to a current figure of R1m. Our maintenance reserve fund balance (forming part of the above-mentioned cash balances) is in excess of R5m and is sufficient to pay for scheduled maintenance on our assets,

in a “lower than inflationary” year-on-year increase in normal levies. In a nutshell – inflationary normal levy increases are to be expected for at least the next three to five years, the levy will decrease year-on-year in real terms (i.e. lower than

as well as unforeseen expenses or replacement of capital items. There is no reason to deviate from our current “levy policy” of inflationary increases. We also cannot foresee that any special levy would be needed for unforeseen expenses in the foreseeable future.

inflationary increases) as additional income streams are being realised.

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R340 000 landscape improvements – all of a capital nature. The irrigation system was extended to R550 000 to improve large low intensive areas, mostly verges and green fingers. R630 000 was spent in the final phase of the refurbishment of the irrigation control system, to a wireless control system, and another R500 000 on increasing our bore-hole extraction capabilities. R230 000 went towards the improvement of storm water channels and R338 000 on the replacement of inner lane booms. There were items of a capital nature, however, we evaluated and classified it as “cost saving items”, in other words, improvements which cause immediate cost savings and for which we could calculate a pay-back period or IRR. Those totalled R765 000 and included the photo voltaic solar system and energy efficient pool equipment. The fibre to the home project is completed up to phase 3 out of 4. We were not impressed with the supplier’s implementation speed to say the least, but decided to stick it out with them, as the quality of the physical infrastructure installation is good and it seems as if the 70+ live customers are generally satisfied. We have to mention a few things regarding the reliability of our electricity supply, which has become particularly relevant lately. There is

We continued to implement much required

obviously not much we can do about the national load shedding, other than to communicate the time schedule as best we can, and to encourage as many homeowners as possible to install personal solar voltaic and battery systems. For obvious reasons we prefer the solar

capital upgrades, totalling R2.7m. These included

solution over generators.

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HOA Communication Our Estate’s security system is on back-up generators and our safety is not compromised when we experience electricity outages.

More concerning though, are the unplanned outages that occur from time to time. We are always in direct telephonic contact with the engineers whenever we experience an outage. In some

for their time and the effort that they put into the affairs of the estate.

instances, these occur for legitimate reasons and they are always quick to go out and repair these. We can confirm that it has certainly nothing to do with the new developments. As far as they might be, with the effect of an aging municipal infrastructure, it is good to know that this risk will be eliminated in the

The communication and process regarding the incorporation of the new phases spanned almost twelve months, from the first invitation to the open day in June 2014 to the General Meeting in May 2015, during which the homeowner overwhelmingly voted in favour of incorporation

medium term. The Development Company, as part of its bulk service level agreements with the municipality, has concluded a deal with Drakenstein where the Devco will finance the construction of a R70m electrical substation. This new substation has been planned to tie us into the brand new electrical overhead lines to the South of Val de Vie, but was never constructed by the municipality due to lack of funding. This new substation has been an obligation of the municipality for many years, but the new developments now made it feasible for Drakenstein to obtain funding with the assistance of the Development Company. It will be constructed next to the waste treatment plant and should be completed during the first half of 2017. The tender processes have already been actioned. Our Estate’s security system is on back-up generators and our safety is not compromised when we experience electricity outages.

6. Marketing The estate is currently gleaning huge benefit from the marketing drive of the Development Company, which it conducts to market the new developments. They literally employ millions of rands towards general brand building of the estate in various media channels. The Polo Village won the best marketing prize and the Polo House won the Safe Home Award at the International Property Awards. The Val de Vie magazine has a distribution of 15 000 copies and is in high demand at top hotel groups and airport lounges.

7. Social Responsibility The Val de Vie Foundation Trust, which we explained previously, will be funded by 1% of the Development Company’s sales and 5% of all new HOA’s monthly levies are now engaging with other stakeholders in the valley like the Valcare Foundation and the Hanneli Rupert Trust – all in an effort to coordinate efforts and prepare for the first funding, which will flow in early 2016.

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of the new phases. The Trustees established the development subcommittee with a mandate to assist in the broad based consultation process and to advise the Trustees on the best structure of incorporation. They conducted numerous debates and investigations, which included sessions with the HOA’s lawyers and interactions with individual homeowners. We believe that the process enabled us to put a structure in place, which ensured that the current Val de Vie homeowners derive maximum benefits from the incorporation whilst safe guarding itself from development risk, and thereby securing the approval of the overwhelming majority of homeowners. The development subcommittee will continue its job in acting as a watchdog to check whether the terms of incorporation is implemented to the letter, and also to facilitate feedback on the developments to the homeowners. They plan to call for an information evening soon. I will not endeavour to share all the detail of the new developments at this forum, it is just too much information and will be conveyed at the information evening. We know that many of you are interested in detail how or if you will be affected by traffic, moving of the security perimeter etc. But I will leave that all for a dedicated opportunity. Phases which are currently on sale are: The Polo Village, with ten units unsold, The Vines with fifty units sold, the Gentleman’s Estates of which more than half of the seventeen small holdings are already sold, and two new areas called Le Domaine and Le Vue in which erven achieve R2100 m2 prices. This huge demand for property is evidence that Val de Vie is attracting the right attention and is accepted as a safe and well run estate which is first on many property seekers lists. It is extraordinary that the development company has sold R400 000m worth of new properties in twelve months at prices which are setting constantly higher benchmarks. The trend and momentum in property prices are positively steep. The Development Company has recently compiled a document outlining all the benefits of Val de Vie for potential buyers. It makes for an encouraging read. It is called the Buyers Guide and can be downloaded from the property pages of the

The homeowner Trustees for the past year were, Leon Cronje, Anton Gildenhuys, Riaan Terblanche

website. The website has been populated with

and Clifford van der Venter. We owe them gratitude

take a look at it.

heaps of information and we encourage you to

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Property sales spring to an all time high S

ince my last report, winter has come and gone and is now virtually behind us. However, the winter rainfall has been scarce and needless to say, we need a whole lot more rain before the hot summer days begin. On a positive note, there is no shortfall of people looking for rental properties and buyers seeking their dream home at Val de Vie. We are also seeing higher levels of migration to the Paarl and Franschhoek areas and those who are drawn to Val de Vie for its spectacular mountain views, open spaces with world-class living in a safe environment, where they can raise their children. Since the launch of the Polo Village, we are pleased to report that it is now well under construction. The completion date is set towards the middle of next year. Only 8 of the 60 suites remain. Sales in the Vines Development remain vibrant, attracting foreign investors as well as local buyers, who are looking for an attractive investment opportunity.

Val de Vie Phase 2, has recently been launched Le Dormaine, which opened up in the market in early June, with the launch of 36 vacant stands, sizes ranging between 600m2 and 800m2. The demand for vacant stands is indicated by the

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to point out that if you are seriously considering marketing your home, it is important to know the benefits associated with listing your property directly through the official Val de Vie website. Val de Vie has become an international known

amount of sales, which have transpired since their induction into the market. We are proud to report, that the first 36 stands have already virtually been sold out, as these sought after stands are priced well within the reach of the younger professionals, who aspire to become Val de Vie homeowners and have the opportunity to

Estate and we are experiencing more and more potential buyers, who search directly through the Val de Vie Website, resulting in our receiving enquiries on a daily basis. Should you consider selling or renting your property, we would love the opportunity to do an exclusive feature listing of your home on the Val

build their dream home on the Val de Vie Estate. The bigger Le Vue stands are sized between 1200m2, 1500m2 and 2000m2. The first 16 stands are beautifully located north facing stands, onto a protected fynbos area, and buyers are eagerly snapping these up as 5 were sold within the first day.

de Vie website, as well as to show your home on the interactive map, which is a perfect navigational tool for buyers seeking a home on Val de Vie. For an exclusive listing please do not hesitate to contact our sales office and one of our agents will gladly assist you.

Property Sales this year are without a doubt reaching all time highs, with the launch of these new exciting developments. There has certainly been no shortfall of interest in this diverse range of properties from the investor sector, to those wishing to scale down, as well as young families who aim to settle within this magnificent lifestyle

After all your property is special not only to you but to us as well. Yours Liz Smithers

that Val de Vie has to offer. The Gentleman’s Estate has attracted phenomenal interest among the Cash-Flush buyers, who are seeking a unique opportunity to own a smallholding and a piece of paradise within this security estate. We are also receiving a huge amount of interest in the existing Phase 1 development for established homes, and as a result of low stock levels, prices are escalating rapidly to higher levels, with the same applying to the increase in demand for rentals.

FROM LEFT Johanel Burger, Liz Smithers, Lance Smithers

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Paarl History

Paarl - Our Hidden Gem Even though Paarl is the

country’s third oldest town (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and just as picturesque, it is often overlooked, where it lies next to the N1 roughly 80km north of Cape Town. As with most treasures, it is greatly appreciated when stumbled upon and is passionately loved by those fortunate enough to live or spend time here. Words by Retha Venter Photographs by Suzan Venter

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aarl boasts beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture, cozy coffee shops and restaurants, as well as delightful wine farms and

perfect setting for full moon picnics and openair music performances in summer months. A

One and only monument to a language

guided tour of the monument can be followed by a tour of the Afrikaans Language Museum in town, behind the Toringkerk, where the evolution of the language is explained in an interesting, interactive way.

Think of Paarl and one thing stands out. Literally it is visible from the N1 highway, so

Diamonds and pearls

dramatic surrounding mountain landscapes, but also some unique added offerings.

that even those who have never visited the town, know about the dramatic, soaring monument that rises up from the Southern slopes of Paarl Mountain. This is not a monument to fallen heroes or commemoration of a war. This is the only monument in the world, dedicated to the struggle for recognition and independence of a

The origin of the town’s unusual name is an interesting story drenched in the romantic history of expeditions into the unknown of the country’s hinterland in search of treasure and trade possibilities, although no real gems were ever discovered here. On one such expedition

language, namely the Afrikaans language and is appropriately located in Paarl, the birthplace of the language. Afrikaans is derived mainly from Dutch, although other European, as well as indigenous languages influenced it greatly. The monument is designed in a way, which

in 1657, explorer Abraham Gabbema saw how the giant granite outcrops glistened in the sun after a thunderstorm and he promptly named it: ‘de Diamondt en de Peerlberg’ (old Dutch for Diamond and Pearl Mountain). The Diamond was dropped and the Peerl became Paarl, but in Afrikaans it is pronounced ‘Pêrel’ and a definite

reflects its diverse origins. The monument, set in a well-maintained garden was completed in 1975 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Afrikaans as an official language of the Republic of South Africa and opened by the then Prime

article is added, so in spoken language it is ‘die Pêrel’. Indigenous people called it the Tortoise Mountain and there are actually three outcrops that make up Paarl Mountain, namely: Gordon Rock, Bretagne Rock and Paarl Rock. These

Minister, John Vorster. It is well worth a visit for the beautiful vistas and drama of the monument

plutons or granite outcrops are amongst the largest in the world, so it’s no wonder they remain a

itself. The garden around the monument is the

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Paarl History Stepping into Freedom One of the most unlikely places for a prison is the beautiful Drakenstein Valley between Paarl and Franschhoek. Here, along the winding R301, between historical wine farms and spectacular mountains is exactly where you’ll find the Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly known as Victor Verster Prison) from where Nelson Mandela took his first steps into freedom on 11th February 1990 after being imprisoned for twenty seven years. Since 18th July 2008, this prison has been home to a beautiful bronze statue of Madiba by internationally recognized sculptor, Jean Doyle. The statue was erected to mark the occasion of Madiba’s 80th birthday with him attending the unveiling. Unlike the statues of Mandela in Sandton and at the V&A

A river runs through it Paarl has the longest main road of any town in the country, measuring around 13km. The lay out of the town and development of this road was greatly influenced by two geographical factors, namely the Berg River and the Paarl Mountain range, which run parallel to each other. The consequence was of course that there is no traditional town centre that can easily be explored on foot. The Main Street is one of the best preserved historic streets in the country, but one where visitors will need to move from A to Z and back again to discover all the fine historical buildings, both modest and monumental, representing styles of the last 250 years. The newer suburbs are interspersed with greenery, big oaks, agricultural land and beautiful historical farmsteads, such as Laborie and Grande Roche in the heart of town, which gives it a charming rural atmosphere. For the enthusiast eager to see more examples of Cape Dutch architecture, there are many farmsteads in the immediate vicinity with well preserved buildings of historical significance, such as Vendôme, Nederburg, Rhebokskloof and the popular Spice Route.

Architectural gems Hans Fransen, an expert on South African architectural history, described the typical Paarl style in his book, Old Towns and Villages of the Cape, as: “iron roof veranda’d loft window houses, many of them late 19th century conversions of earlier Dutch homes”. These adaptations were necessary to survive the scorching summer months Paarl is known for. Pontac Manor house, set in its tranquil garden in the middle of Paarl, is a good example of this Val de Vie

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Waterfront, this one is quite off the beaten track and has not yet come into its own as a historic destination, although increasingly tour groups do stop there en route to their next wine tasting. The surrounding scenery provides a backdrop that few other statues can ever have architectural layering. There are many wellpreserved examples of architecture from most eras along the Main Road and there are walking tours on offer for those interested with a booklet called A Walking Tour of the Historic Heart of Paarl. A few highlights include the unmistakable Strooidakkerk, arguably the town’s most famous building. This is the oldest thatched roof church still in use in the country and it is a good example of the early vernacular Cape Dutch style with its cross design and triumphant convex, concave white-limed gables. Zeederberg Square, further down the road, has a well-preserved row of town houses with Victorian cast ironwork and wooden verandahs. No. 1, Zeederberg Square dates from 1848 and is a good example of a Cape Georgian style townhouse with its clean, straight lines and symmetry. Even Art Deco-lovers will be pleased to find perfect examples along the very same road like the old Protea Bioscope and some motor dealership buildings.

and although it is larger than life, the size and scale of this statue is completely realistic. These two factors also make for excellent photo opportunities. Although we knew and loved Madiba, as he is affectionately known, for his shuffle, this pose, a representation of what he looked like when he walked out towards freedom, is not just awe inspiring, it has immense historical significance. It is a snapshot of what happened on that day, a story cast in bronze. He has a triumphant right fist in the air; legs moving as he takes brisk steps away from captivity, wearing a suit and tie, with a broad smile playing on his face. It stirs emotions. It conjures up that proud feeling we as South Africans get whenever Nelson Mandela is mentioned, that 1995 Rugby World Cup feeling. It is imposing and inspiring because it is so real and so accurate. You can almost imagine this tall bronze man coming to life and you can hear that well-known voice saying: “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended”.

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Trees to treasure

KWV

The town’s Arboretum (botanical garden

Lastly, but importantly, synonymous with

specializing in trees) situated on the eastern bank of the Berg River, is a leafy gem that can easily be missed even though it is 2.8km long and occupies a full 31 hectares of land. Some 2600 trees and shrubs representing 650 different species can be seen here and they are grouped according to the continents from which they originated. So you will be able to

Paarl for most South Africans, is the KWV (Koöperatieve Wijnbouwers Vereniging), one of the best-known wine and spirits producers in the country. Established in 1918 as a wine making co-operative, it played an important role in supporting and promoting the then struggling wine industry under the guidance

cycle or stroll past magnificent trees from North America, Australasia, Asia, Europe, Africa and South America on a glorious autumn afternoon.

of amongst others, Professor Abraham Perold, the father of Pinotage (a proudly South African cultivar) and Dr. Charles Niehaus. The KWV’s sprawling twenty-two hectares cellar complex, with the five biggest wooden vats under one roof and the impressive Cathedral Cellar with its stained glass windows, is the largest of its

The great outdoors Those who have explored Paarl will tell you that one of its best-kept secrets are the many options for outdoor enthusiasts. There is a dedicated trail running series consisting of twelve events taking place on different wine farms in and around Paarl with a mountain bike series for those who prefer to ride, aptly named Run the Vines and Ride the

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kind in the world. So there you have it, an open invitation. Next time when traveling along the N1, take the turn off and spend some time in Paarl. It might turn out to be the crowning jewel of your Western

Vines. There are quad bike trails, romantic horse

Cape experience.

trails, hiking and even hot air ballooning. The Berg River also offers great opportunity for kayaking.

Retha Venter is a freelance writer who lives in Paarl. Val de Vie

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has been graced with many of the world’s great

African continent, when it comes to the evolution of the horseless carriage South Africa has been a notable player in motoring history. Ever since the first car arrived on these shores – a Benz Velo – and was displayed at Berea Park in Pretoria on 4 January 1897 to a curious and enthusiastic audience eager to see ‘the invention

automobiles. Unfortunately, some noteworthy models have been exported to other countries but many valuable and historically significant examples have been kept within its borders – and none better than those under the care and supervision of the Franschhoek Motor Museum. The world class facility is situated on the

of the age’, the country has grown and developed apace with the advancement of the automobile. When the Benz reached SA, apart from being the first car to reach the southern hemisphere, it was reported that only 720 vehicles were privately owned and operated in the civilised world. Since that time, the motoring revolution has

L’Ormarins Estate in the majestic Franschhoek Valley, which is one of South Africa’s earliest and most historical settlements established in 1688 by some French Huguenots given land by the Dutch government. L’Ormarins was established in 1694 and has been owned by the Rupert family since 1969. The museum’s Cape Dutch architecture

grown apace with the country’s cultural and economic development, and in global terms South Africa now stands as a relatively important market in terms of automobile sales and manufacture both in its own right and as a distribution point

reflects the area’s origins and exhibition space covers 2 700m2. Set amongst some expansive lawns, four spacious display halls are de-humidified to preserve the ageing machinery and each holds around 20 vehicles at any one time, all mounted

to sub-Saharan Africa. Its motoring heritage is rich in content, innovation and achievements

on individual plinths that allow clear viewing and photography. Collectively, the halls offer visitors

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memory lane looking at almost 120 years of motoring history through regularly changing – and often themed – displays of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and motoring memorabilia. The birth of the museum’s collection took place in 1974 with the establishment of a transport museum at the Heidelberg railway station in Gauteng. It was an extension of one of numerous restoration and preservation projects initiated and backed by Dr Anton Rupert, a billionaire Afrikaner entrepreneur, businessman and conservationist. Having contributed to the arts and culture in the Cape, he decided to do something in the then Transvaal and when the old Heidelberg railway station (situated close to one of his company’s factories) became available, it was purchased as the site for a transport museum. The entire Chapmans Transport Museum collection was purchased and shipped over from Middlesex, England, to form the basis of the Heidelberg Museum, which opened in 1975. Dr Rupert’s enthusiasm and appreciation of the automobile led to an ongoing acquisition of a large number of vehicles both individually and from other collections, which ultimately led to a decision in 2004 to relocate the museum’s contents to the family’s estate in Franschhoek. Sadly, Dr Rupert passed away in 2006, shortly before the new museum was opened on 7 May 2007, but his equally auto-enthusiast son Johann has continued to develop the museum’s eminence. From the rare to the exotic, from the innovative to the commercial, this superlative collection of vehicles has been brought together not only from within South Africa but from around the world. The museum’s collection currently numbers in excess of 300 vehicles, of which some 200 are in show condition, with the oldest being a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle. The oldest four-wheeler is a 1903 Ford Model A, which is known to be the first Ford to be imported into the country, an accolade authenticated by Henry Ford Jnr when he visited Heidelberg and sat in the car in 1978. Other classic Americans include examples of Auburn, Cord and Cadillac. A 2010 Ferrari 559 GTO is the most modern car in the collection. Among the unique models are examples of South Africa’s only two totally home-grown marques, the GSM Dart/Flamingo and the Protea, and two other cars developed purely for the South African market – a 1971 Ford Capri Perana V8 and a 1984 Alfa Val de Vie

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Among the rare racing cars in the collection are a Brescia Bugatti 23 similar to the cars that took a 1-2-3-4 finish at the 1921 Italian Grand Prix, a locally-built hillclimb special built on a 1939 Peugeot 402 chassis, the LDS-Repco F1 car designed and manufactured by South African Doug Serrurier and driven by Sam Tingle in the

Where, what times and how much The Franschhoek Motor Museum is situated on the L’Ormarins Estate along the R45 in the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape, which is approximately a one hour/75 km drive from central Cape Town. The opening hours are Monday to Friday 10h00 to 17h00 (last admittance 16h00), Saturday and Sunday

Romeo GTV6 3,0-litre. Other more universally recognised rarities include a 1929 Mercedes-Benz S-Type Tourenwagen (only 146 were produced), a Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet that was the star attraction of the 1936 Berlin Motor Show, a Touring-bodied 1957 Aston Martin Spider that appeared at that year’s Paris Salon and one of only three ever built, and a 1959 Ferrari Nembo Coupé, the only one of its kind. There is even some Madiba Magic in the form of a BMW 760Li Security Edition that was former president Nelson Mandela’s official transport during his HIV/Aids campaign undertaken between 2004 and 2009.

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10h00 to 16h00 (last admittance 15h00), and the museum is open on most public holidays. Admission prices are R60 adults, R50 pensioners, R30 children. There is ample secure parking on site. Guided tours are available upon request, and multi-media exhibits provide additional information. Modern ‘charabanc’ rides through L’Ormarins to adjoining wine farms are also available. An on-site delicatessen serves food and refreshments, while tasting and purchasing of the estate’s wines is also offered. For video and photo galleries of the collection, monthly newsletters and any other information about the museum, logon to www.fmm.co.za.

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1960s, and the Tyrrell 007-1 raced by SA’s future Formula 1 champion Jody Scheckter in 1974. There is also a display dedicated to Rhodesian racer John Love who raced so successfully throughout southern Africa between 1962

available to the visiting public. The museum also hosts national motor/one-make car club gatherings and picnics throughout the year, which adds to the venue’s appeal. The Franschhoek Motor Museum’s ever-expanding inventory rivals that

and 1972. On special days such as Father’s Day, a number of cars are brought out and displayed with ‘bonnets up’ around the museum’s centre quadrant, engine fire-ups and demonstration runs

of most similar private collections around the world. The collection represents not only a living tribute to one family’s passion for the automobile, but is a three-dimensional picture history of the development of the motor car from both a global

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Community Development through MCM Who we are Monte Christo Miqlat (MCM), is a Christian Non-Profit Organization situated in Paarl, South Africa. Since 2000, we have operated as a community development organization, with a strong vision of driving transformation and change through building and maintaining peaceful and sustainable families across all our programs and focus areas. With a strong administrative team and governed by an independent board of Directors, MCM follows a holistic development approach based on a multi-disciplinary focus with three Strategic Focus Areas, namely: 1. MCM Sports, Education & Nutrition, 2. MCM Full Circle Homeless Care and 3. MCM Community Health at BOWY.

Why we do what we do (Our Guiding Principles) MCM’s principle of work is based on holistic development and sustainability in order to facilitate and manage change

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healthy fulfilling lives (God’s hands and feet in the community).

MCM Mini-Bus Tours – take a tour with MCM! Because we are so passionate about our various programs and our beneficiaries, we would love you to experience them and see what we’re about first hand. With this in mind, we’ve made mini-bus tours available upon request wherein you can visit our three focus areas; meet our program managers and their individual program beneficiaries. We believe that each individual has the power to change a life and we here at MCM know that there is hope and that hope is YOU. We want to encourage you to take our hand and help us keep this vision of living a life of compassion and empowering other lives. We look forward to hearing from YOU.

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MCM’s Sponsor-a-child Program has identified

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direst of circumstances in PaarlEast with little to no household income and unemployed parents, of which most have some form of an addiction, mainly alcoholism. With this in mind, we designed

and caregivers are coping better with the illness and their circumstances. Physical hygiene and care of children has improved and we can see significant progress in their developmental milestones.

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A Greek Celebration Words by Wedding coordinator, Johnny Hamman

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aturday, 24 January 2015 marked a truly memorable and unforgettable day for Greek couple, Anita and Dimitri, who got married at Val de Vie Estate. It was without doubt a wedding of note that saw friends and family from all around the world gather together to share this very special day with the couple. Days prior to the wedding day saw the beginning of the transformations that were

made to the main venue hall. Lights were hung, structures were put into place, ceilings were draped and floors were been laid. The venue at Val De Vie Estate, where the couple’s reception was being held, boasted an absolutely beautiful end product. The overall look and feel was that of sheer Greek elegance. Gold sequence fabric combined with dusty pink table cloths were brought together by crystal candelabras and harmonized with an exquisite array of pastel coloured flower arrangements. Copper light pendants were hung above the dinning tables for that extra

reception and later guests made their way to the restaurant/polo bar for the surprise after party. The restaurant/polo bar was converted into an all black and gold themed cigar lounge, however, also having the feel of an extremely classy yet elegant nightclub. An all black dance floor centered the after party area with giant gold helium balloons surrounding the dance area. Naked bulbs covered the ceiling above the dance floor adding the final details. Anita and Dimitri opened the dance floor with their first dance and the DJ continued to entertain the guests until the early hours of the morning. The black and white candy station was set up just along side the dance floor, which enabled guests to enjoy something sweet throughout the course of the night.

Anita and Dimitri’s wedding day was a truly magical and indeed an absolute fairy tale. This been said none of the above would have been possible if it weren’t for all the hard work and endless hours that were put in by all service providers involved. To mention but a few we would like to thank Val de Vie Estate for such a wonderful team of staff who were always ready to assist wherever possible and always with a smile. Fleur le Cordeur, Scape Events, Something Different, Presentation Staging, Top Table, To-Netts, Cakes by Wade, DJ Sox, John Armstrong Photography and FJS Productions. It is always such a pleasure working with each and every one of you. Your commitment and work ethic allows for couples’ dreams to become a reality and for that we are truly grateful!!

character and ambient feel. It was a remarkable summers day that brought upon the arrival of two hundred and fifty guests to the estate. Anita and Dimitri’s special day began with the Greek ceremony, which also took place on the estate overlooking the polo field as well as the picturesque scenery of both vineyards and mountains. One could not ask for more! Once the couple had tied the knot, the afternoon was kicked off with a live polo match whilst the guests enticed their taste buds with the canapés that were being served. The evening continued with the

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In this Grape Vine’s first on show, we talk to Stefan Le Roux, Val de Vie’s Interior Designer ‘in residence’ Words by Phil Ruimte and Photographs by Mark Pettipher

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ome two years ago, Stefan accompanied his parents to view a potential erf for their new family home, originally they looked at a plot near the lakes, however, on viewing their current stand, they preferred the tranquility of a vista that overlooks a farm paddock with an uninterrupted view of the mountains as well as having a green belt. Stefan le Roux has been artistically inclined for as long as he can remember a

trait that has been passed down to him through his former art teacher mother, Annamie, and has always enjoyed sculpting, fine art and graphics. Initially, Stefan had planned to study at UCT, but the timing was wrong, eventually Stefan enrolled in 2009 at Inscape, where he obtained a solid grounding in interior design, later in 2012/13 he went on to further his studies at his university of choice, UCT. Now Stefan is working on his MSC in the German city of Wismar, a thesis based course, which sees Stefan travelling to Germany every three months or so. “I took a camp chair and sat for a whole day, just soaking in the vista, the atmosphere and the tranquility,” says Stefan with a smile. “I needed to encompass those values, as well as ensure that the interiors would reflect a natural feel, and have an understated feeling of luxury, there would have to be areas where my folks could display their memorabilia, collected from their many travels,” he added. Given a ball park budget of around R1,5 million, Stefan set about looking at colour palettes and being influenced by the German Bauhaus movement as well as the Nordic style, started to explore opportunities to keep things simple, with clean lines, functionality and elements of uniqueness. “One of my favourite challenges was to design the staircase, many of the issues were overcame by casting the wall as a solid concrete entity and incorporating and setting in the treads to give us a floating feel,” he said. “Five bedrooms all main en-suite, a living cum dinning room and kitchen, a sunken TV area all gives you a great canvas to work on,” Stefan continues. Many of the furniture pieces are bespoke, “I’m particularly proud of the dinning table, which I had ‘constructed’ from imported French oak, had it pinned and sanded then coated with Danish oil. The base legs I had made in Langa by a local artisan, and to enhance the old look patina of a well used and loved family piece of furniture, finished off by electroplating them silver,” Stefan enthused. “For the front of the kitchen counter I was inspired by my time, working with Tonic Interiors when working on

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On Show the Cape Town slow lounge, there I discovered Onyx. A solid piece is extremely brittle not to mention very expensive, so I went around all the marble galleries that I could find, collecting offcuts at a fraction of the price.” “Building a huge puzzle and combining the Onyx pieces together was fun, the final result is as you can see a flawless fascia.” He says “I could never have got a single piece that big at the price I paid,” he said proudly. Given a free rein, Stefan was able to fulfill his families brief, which is evident from the upstairs master bedroom; here you get that beautiful uninterrupted vista and river, as well as the paddock. The view is enhanced by Annamie’s passion of a Kirstenbosch style garden, allowing your eye to meander down a natural looking path, to see varieties of fynbos, an experimental garden and splashes of colourful daisies. The room is spacious and carries an almost ‘camping’ feel and the panoramic windows allow you the ‘one with nature’ relaxation, which is also apparent from the views from the downstairs bedrooms. Stefan is in the process of sourcing suitable office accommodation in either Paarl or Franschhoek, for his company Avez. His work can be seen on his website, www.avez.co.za and should you be inspired by his creativity Stefan can be contacted on his cell, 079 522 1678.

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approach, building your dream home can be one of the most exciting and rewarding projects you can undertake. One of the most important decisions of the entire building process is to select the correct building contractor. The purpose of this article is to guide you through a few basic principles, which can assist you in being prepared for the home construction quotation and decision process. The objective is to accurately evaluate pricing details and to compare apples with apples before deciding on what is a fair quotation for the homeowner and the building contractor. The least expensive quotation might not be the most cost effective one, since it might be associated with a cheaper finish, inferior quality material and/or construction and there are a number of factors to be taken into account before accepting any quotation. This article should be read in conjunction with the Building Your Dream Home Part 1 article in the June 2015 Edition of the Grapevine, which dealt with the home design and professional team appointments. The information published in this article deals specifically with building contractors and is done in good faith and in an attempt to assist homeowners, who have elected to build their dream home.

Shortlist your potential building contractors In terms of the Val de Vie HOA Building Rules and Regulations (www.valdevie.co.za/hoa/ hoa-documentation.html) you may select your building contractor from the list of approved contractors. These building contractors are up to date with the Val de Vie Rules and Regulations and will therefore assist with HOA compliance and site management matters. Selecting your personal shortlisted building contractor will be based on references you obtained and existing building sites and homes which appeal to you. Your best reference will be from a homeowner who recently took occupation, by asking a simple question: “If you had to build your home again, will you appoint this building contractor again?” and ask for possible details on strengths and weaknesses.

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Before you compile your shortlist of building contractors for quotation purposes, it is recommended that you meet with the potential candidate builders beforehand. Some considerations when choosing your shortlisted building contractors: • Reputation regarding quality of workmanship • References from earlier building sites • Experience / years in construction • Financial stability • Number of residential projects in progress (and in Val de Vie) • Management involvement on building site • Building foreman committed on site • Business integrity / after sale service • Contractual pricing fairness • Contractual pricing detail • Communication report Your personal rapport and comfortable communication with the building contractor is also a consideration, since you will be in a relationship for the better part of a calendar year during your building process.

Preparing for building contractor quotation A smartly designed and well planned home, with sufficient detailed drawings of features will go a long way in obtaining an accurate and fair quotation. A well designed home will address features such as your possible alternative electricity backup system, home theatre system, fireplace and braai detail, bulkhead drawings, hidden curtain rails, staircase finish detail etc. With proper planning you will be successful in minimizing your variance orders (V/O’s). The cost for V/O’s are extremely high and can seriously blow the budget and/or cause possible construction delays. Once you have shortlisted your potential building contractors, you should provide them with a complete set of plans, including feature detail, electrical, plumbing and engineering specifications. Bear in mind, the building contractors will base their quote and construction on the information and detail provided. The more comprehensive your detail and specifications, the more accurate your contract value. In order to effectively compare quotations, it is recommended that you pre-determine the list of provisional costs

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(P/C) with specific budget amounts and request all building contractors to incorporate these P/C values in their cost calculations. An example for P/C items on a typical Val de Vie home of 380m2 will be: • Floor coverings, tiles and carpets (material only) R120 000 inclusive of VAT • Underfloor heating R16 000 • Sanitary ware and sanitary décor R100 000 • Frameless shower glass R33 000 • • • • • • •

Heated towel rails Geyser solar 300l and standard 150l Light fittings Kitchen appliances Air-conditioning Fireplace and braai Doors and windows

R14 000 R50 000 R60 000 R60 000 R68 000 R50 000 R350 000

• Landscaping R130 000 • Alternative energy supply (backup only) R30 000 • Light and electrical switchgear Le Grant • Door handles and hinges QS quality • Wooden decking Grappa wood The majority of the P/C items above, are items which the homeowner will be choosing during the building process in order to achieve the desired finishing look and feel of their dream home. The P/C item values will furthermore assist the homeowner with the quotation comparisons since the focus will be on the construction costs, without clouding the standard of finishing specifications. Kindly note that the example P/C amounts indicated above are merely a guideline (you decide on your finishing standards), in order to better compare the various building quotes. This method will assist your objective comparisons and if you choose a more expensive floor covering or any luxury P/C item, it will have a similar pricing effect on all your quotations. In order for the building contractor to prepare an accurate quotation, you should allow approximately 4 weeks. The building contractor will utilize the information that you supplied to accumulate information from various sub-contractors such as roof supply, electrical, plumbing, etcetera, before they can compile your quotation. Agree on a deadline date for your quotation.

Negotiating and closure of building contract Once you have received the various quotations from your shortlisted building contractors, you need to properly compare the information. One can easily be misled by only focusing on the total contract value, whereas a proper analysis might disclose some items left out or being overcharged in some of the quotations. My advice in this regard, is to involve your Principal Agent with

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this process and utilise his/her specialisation and experience to assist you with an effective comparison of the quotations. The tested method is to compare the quotations on a line by line item, utilising a spread sheet with common narratives as per the most detailed quotation you received. Wherever you note some serious deviation from the average cost per line items, you must record these as an agenda item for the specific building contractor. Once you have accurately compared the quotations, you should be in a reasonably confident position to select the front runners from your shortlisted building contractors. At this stage, you can arrange for the 2nd meeting to discuss your concerns and/or changes you wish to make. The most detailed and accurate quotation will assist in managing your budget and your project cash flow. Based on the financial structure of your home building project, you have numerous cost saving strategies, which can be utilised to manage the cost of the building project. When you engage in a building contract the standard Contractor and Employer Building Agreement JBCC Edition 6.1 of March 2014 is recommended. The contract detail is fair to both parties and outlines contractual deadlines and penalty clauses. The average construction period is nine months, which excludes the December school holiday period or long rain disruptions. It is furthermore recommended that the homeowner requests that the retention clause be applicable, since it provides a better leverage for the homeowner in the unlikely event of a dispute. When building your dream home you are investing significant sums of money and time in the process. When we purchase our primary car, we make our decision based on quality, sound engineering, reliability, professional after sale service and warranty. However, we easily overlook some of these criteria when we build our home worth 10 to 20 times the value and lifespan of our car. We trust the information provided in these articles will assist you when you embark on the home building joyride. Please feel free to engage with the author of the article for any assistance you may require, irrespective of where you are in the home building process. I am a resident on our lovely estate, and as Principal Agent would like to add value to quality homes, which will enhance the reputation and resale value of our property at Val de Vie. Author: Johan Stander Email: jdstander@vodamail.co.za Cell: 082 456 2655

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Building Plan Cycle 1. Planning • Choose any Registered Architect of your choice • Download the Aesthetic guidelines and checklists from: www.valdevie.co.za/hoa/hoa-documentation.html • Download Building Rules & Regulations and fees from: www.valdevie.co.za/hoa/hoa-documentation.html

• Collect stamped plans from Controlling Architect’s office after approved • POS (public open space) landscaping is referred to the Landscaping Committee for comments and approval

3. Drakenstein Submission

• Submit the building and landscaping plans, hard copy and pdf ’s as required to the

• Plans submitted to Drakenstein Wellington branch where fees are calculated and the invoice prepared • 3 sets of plans with Controlling Architect’s Val de Vie stamp on and Client Signature

Controlling Architects office • Pay the plan scrutiny fees directly to the Controlling Architect and Controlling Landscape Architect before plans are tabled • Plans are tabled at the HOA Aesthetics Committee every second Thursday • Committee comments sent back via

• Documents needed with submission: Building plan application forms as required by Drakenstein Architectural compliance certificate SANS 10400 Engineer’s appointment Power of attorney document needed when

2. HOA Aesthetics Committee

Controlling Architect

Architect submit plans on behalf of the client

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Proof of ownership, e.g. title deed

4. Drakenstein Plan Circulation • Plans are entered into the database once all documents as required are submitted and the invoice paid • Circulation are as follows; Health Department Wellington Building Inspector Wellington Town Planning Paarl Engineer Department Paarl Fire Department Paarl -

Building Control Paarl

After the plans have circulated to all departments, comments will be sent to the Architect and after all the amendments are received the plans only circulate back to the departments that requested the amendments.

Contact Information Department

Contact Person

Telephone

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Controlling Architect Office

Janine Cronje

021 930 9210

janine@boogertmanct.co.za

Controlling Landscaping Architect

Kobus Meiring

082 453 3654

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Drakenstein Plan Submissions

Wilfred Vyfer

021 807 6331

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Drakenstein Building Inspector

Emulle Hofmeester

021 807 6416

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HOA Building Control

Kobus Rossouw

021 863 6127

kobus.rossouw@valdevie.co.za

HOA General

Carle Geldenhuys

021 863 6103

carle.geldenhuys@valdevie.co.za

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Here comes the sun Building your dream home

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any of us have legitimate concerns about Eskom’s ability to deliver reliable electricity to our homes over the short term and even more so for the future. Their ability to supply this basic necessity is questionable and along with the regular steep price increases have pushed us to look for viable alternatives. The good news is that solar electricity is that viable alternative, along with securing an electricity supply for your home, reducing your electricity cost over time and doing your bit for the planet, it’s an absolute win-win scenario. The price of solar has significantly decreased over the last few years and it is now within reasonable grasp of many of us, the only thing is, generating electricity in your own home is actually a little bit tricky when you start looking at the details. This article is going to have a look at some of those details, explain some solar terms and hopefully give you some answers and a few insights. Deciding what you ultimately want from your solar solution is generally the first step, since this will ultimately guide you to what your final solar solution looks like and what it can do. Having said this, you should ensure that your home uses electricity as efficiently as possible before you install a solar system, since this will potentially reduce the size of your solar system. There are four solar system configurations to choose from and below we will have a brief overview of these configurations:

Solar with Eskom: With this option you use solar power during the day. If you exceed the supply or when the sun sets, you draw electricity from Eskom, providing that Eskom is working.

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Generally during the day, if you have an excess solar supply, you can sell the electricity back to Eskom. We will look at the Drakenstein Municipality Buy Back Agreement further down in this article and whether or not it is worth going that route at the moment. It is important to note that you will be load shedded along with the grid, even if there is enough solar power, unless your inverter makes provision for your solar system to be protected from load shedding. Another important fact to remember, is that not all inverters are capable of selling electricity back to Eskom and some are not properly certified. Therefore you will need to make sure that the inverter is NRS certified.

Semi-independent, with battery backup: This option is similar to the option above, with the addition of battery backup. Electricity is generated by your panels during the day for your own use, but the system now also needs to generate enough electricity to recharge your battery bank while the sun is shining. You will be able to sell excess electricity back to Eskom and you will be able to draw electricity from Eskom should you need to. The battery system will provide electricity in the evening or during load shedding. The size of your battery system and the amount of energy you draw from the batteries, will determine how long your batteries will last before they run out of electricity. If you run out of battery power you will be able to draw electricity from the grid, but you will be load shedded should Eskom go down.

Important to note here, in addition to the points mentioned, your solar system should be able to provide enough electricity during the day for your own use and enough electricity to charge your batteries.

Independent with battery backup With this option, you will be completely independent from Eskom and all your electricity will be generated by your solar system and stored by your battery backup. This is similar to the above options, with the exception that you will not be able to draw power from Eskom should you require more electricity than you can generate yourself.

Battery backup without solar panels This is technically not a solar system, since it does not have solar panels, but it is a basic option for protection against load shedding. With this option, you will have a battery bank that kicks in when there is load shedding. The battery bank will then be recharged from the grid when load shedding is suspended and the electricity comes back on.

What does a solar system look like and what questions should you ask about your products? Residential solar power is an established product in many parts of the world, for instance Germany and the United States, which are two of the largest markets, with a new solar system being installed every 2,5 minutes in the United States. The larger solar manufacturers are therefore listed companies, reviewed by industry experts and tracked by analysts and consequently there is

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Building your dream home a wealth of information available that can assist you in ensuring that your solar system is of a certain standard and quality. Be sure to ask your solar installer about each major component and ensure that the manufacturer is established and reviewed, but most importantly ensure that the manufacturer has local offices. This will help ensure the quality of your solar components and also that the manufacturer will be around if you ever need to claim a warranty. Below are the main components of a solar system and some questions you should ask your installer.

is important to note that if you are connecting to the grid you will require a SSEG certification from a certified electrical engineer (a good solar installer should be able to provide this), your insurance will also require a SSEG certification for an insurance claim. All battery or hybrid inverters should have a

shedding. They are probably the most complicated part of your solar system in terms of sizing it to your needs. There are two main options currently, lead acid batteries (the present) and lithium ion batteries (the future).

NRS certification to be legally connected to Eskom.

A lead acid bank should last you three to five years depending on how often they are used and recharged. This is currently perfect due to the fact that they should expire right about when a lithium ion battery bank becomes feasible.

Battery inverter

Solar panels or PV for short captures the energy

Battery inverters are needed if you have a battery backup, but they are also responsible for keeping your solar system on if there is load shedding and when managing the electricity between your batteries, your solar panels and Eskom. It is important to note that not all battery

from the sun and converts it to electricity. A typical panel produces between 250 and 320 watts. Many panels have a warranty of up to 20 years or longer. Make sure to ask your installer what the efficiency of the panels are over time and how you would replace a panel if one was faulty or damaged. If you have to ship the panels abroad for

inverters allow you to do all of the above, be sure to ask if the battery inverter is capable of the function you require and if it has the necessary local certification. Another important question to ask is whether your battery inverter will allow you to add or swap individual batteries in your battery bank. If this

a replacement or a repair, then you might want to consider another manufacturer.

is not an option, you might have to replace your entire bank for a single faulty battery.

Inverters

Hybrid inverter

Depending on the main use of your solar system,

Hybrid inverter is a combination of the battery and

you would require one or possibly several inverters. If you have panels without a battery backup you will only require a solar inverter. If you add batteries to your system you will also require a battery inverter. You can choose to use a hybrid inverter, which is a combination of the solar and battery

the solar inverter. Hybrid inverters are significantly more affordable than separate battery and solar inverters, but very few of them allow you to expand your solar system should you want to add additional panels or batteries at a later stage. They are far less future proof than single purpose

inverter. The options are explained below.

Solar inverter

inverters and if you do want to expand at a later stage you may have to buy an entire new set of single purpose inverters.

Solar inverters convert the electricity from the panels to usable electricity for your home. Along

Battery bank

with the battery inverter this is the work horse of the system and where quality should come first. It

Batteries will enable you to store electricity for use in the evening or during load

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With either technology you should confirm the following with your installer: ● What is the effective available electricity from your battery bank, in other words how long can I run on it before it runs ●

out of electricity? What is the peak output of the bank, how much electricity can it output at a given time? For example if the battery bank’s peak output is 1kW and you switch on your kettle and microwave, then the battery bank will trip because your requirement at that moment is 2kW. If you require 10kWh of stored electricity then your battery bank will have to have a total capacity of 20kWh, due to the fact that you should not draw down a battery bank past 50% of its total capacity for lead acid batteries,(up to 80% for lithium ion). You should make sure that this is set up correctly since your battery bank will not last long if you exceed the maximum recommended draw down. It is always a good idea to check that your installers are certified electricians and, if available, past projects they have worked on.

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Building Can you sell electricity your dream home â—? Calculation: R495,84 + back to Eskom, and is it worth it at the moment?

Drakenstein municipality currently allows you to sell solar generated electricity back to the grid and draw electricity when required, this is called co-generation. The system is in fact more a trading of electricity credits where you can “deposit� solar generated electricity credits, which you can draw against when required. All credits are set back to zero on a financial year basis. Your credits will not affect your monthly set fee, but is credited against the units you consume. The rates for both solar electricity and Eskom electricity vary depending on the electricity phase and amperage of your house, both options are calculated on a fixed monthly fee and a per kWh use fee. A single phase 60 amp home using 1500kWh per month with the solar system generating 35kWh

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(450kWh x R1,1269) Total cost: R1002.95

Grid generated rate (A house without a solar system)*

generated, which means you will save 3,8 tonnes (8700kwh x 445g) of CO2 per year ,which is roughly equivalent to two return flights from London to New York. This is a considerable saving and one more good reason to move to solar power.

â—? Monthly rate: R345 â—? kWh use rate: R1,3297 â—? Total cost: R2339.55 You can therefore possibly save R1336,6 per month on your electricity cost or roughly 57%. A larger solar

Conclusion

system could offset your electricity cost further by increasing your own consumption and balancing your grid credits with your consumption requirements.

Solar power is a smart move. With solar panels having a 30 year plus life span and battery technology improving rapidly, you are well on your way to free electricity once your system is paid off. If we follow international trends a quality solar system will also increase your home’s value.

*The assumptions are variable based on season and your actual electricity consumption

per day and selling 10kWh per day to the grid will compare as follow to a home without solar.

Will solar reduce my carbon foot print?

Co-generation rate (A house with a solar system)* â—?

Monthly rate: R495,84

Solar energy will help reduce your carbon footprint. The calculation is generally based on the amount of energy you are displacing with solar, which would have been produced by a coal power plant.

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kWh use rate: R1,1269 Own use: 750kWh p/m Solar electricity sold: 300kWh p/m

If you have a 5kW solar system you will produce roughly 8700kWh per year. A typical coal power station produces about 445g CO2 for every kWh

With the certainty of steep future Eskom price hikes, load shedding being here to stay and doing your bit to help the environment, having a closer look at the benefits of generating electricity using

Please feel free to give us a call to talk about solar electricity for your home. Solar panels are to be clearly shown on drawings and submitted to the HOA for approval. Brian Perks Contact: sales@solarestate.co.za Tel: 084 295 8844 Website: www.solarestate.co.za

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Performance Pilates

We have all experienced the pain and utter discomfort from a muscular injury or strain in some part of your life, right? If you answered yes to my question above, you are likely to benefit from Pilates and wipe the pain and frustration permanently away from your seizing neck and shoulder for good. Let’s start with the basics: What is Pilates?

will typically focus on core work with posture corrections. You can expect around 4-8 people in

Pilates is an exercise concept designed to strengthen you from your deep underlying (and sometimes

the group class with you. An individual session will be tailored to focus on the individual’s problem areas. When attending a private class, you can expect to experience the wonders of the Pilates machine called The Universal Reformer. The Reformer pays attention to strength and flexibility

dormant) core muscles. It can be practiced in a slow or fast pace, in various body positions, with your own body weight or with props. Pilates is suitable for the young or elderly, for the mommies to be and even for the toughest of tough guys. But one thing remains the same, when practicing Pilates it is executed with the utmost Precision and Control.

through fusion of body weight with resistance springs.

“Getting Down with the lingo” • Lean Machine The Universal Reformer: The reformer is a piece of resistance exercise equipment designed by Joseph Pilates. It consists of a platform that moves back and forth along a carriage. Resistance is provided by the exerciser’s body weight and by springs attached to the carriage and platform. Experience a full body integration workout.

The latter explains why this exercise method is so effective with proper muscle memory and stops injuries in their tracks. At Performance Pilates we believe in a holistic approach towards a healthy lifestyle and in this article we will provide you with an overview of the different needs we cater for.

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• Get on your high horse Equestrian Pilates: Horse riding requires muscular endurance, spinal stability and mobility dependant on the phase of gait of the horse, control and co-ordination of muscular activation and ultimately awareness of the rider’s body and the rider’s influence on the movement of the horse. Equestrian Pilates address these requirements in full. Join in on Pilates classes to assist you in becoming a better rider.

• Fit Mamma Pre and Post Natal Pilates: Maintaining a regular Pilates routine throughout your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and feel your best. It can also improve your posture and decrease some common discomforts like backaches and fatigue. There is evidence that it may prevent gestational diabetes (diabetes that develops during pregnancy), relieves stress, and builds more stamina needed for labour and delivery. If you are uncertain on which gym exercises are safe for you and your baby, rather join in on a pre-natal Pilates class.

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• Fab Fit Kids

• Recovery Rehab

Kiddies Pilates: Children need motoric development in their daily activities. At Performance Pilates we focus on a kiddies

As mentioned in the beginning of this article, Pilates is a tool to help your body function at its peak. By strengthen your core, stretching

friendly way of teaching Pilates to enhance the child’s motoric and cognitive development.

weak and over active muscles and regrouping muscle patterns you can help eliminate sport injuries and help improve overall wellbeing.

• Golden oldies Pilates for the Elderly: Within each year of aging our bodies’ muscle mass decreases tremendously. By practising Pilates you can slow

Whether you are a performance athlete or want to stay toned and fit, you will benefit from Pilates.

down this process and work on your flexibility and balance. The downside of aging is the loss of confidence in our bodies’ abilities. At Performance Pilates we use exercises and balance techniques to keep the body functional and so build confidence in your muscle strength.

For more information contact Mieke le Roux on mieke.leroux@valdevie.co.za

• Sport Specific Pilates Pilates can help athletes to strengthen and stretch from a sport specific point. For example cyclists that over use certain muscle groups, needs more specific stretching in that area. Balance between muscle strength and flexibility is at its utmost importance for most sports like ballet, horseriding, swimming, running and the list goes on. Val de Vie

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The Players Swim Team We would like to introduce the Players Swim Team that trains at Val de Vie and tell you a bit more about this dedicated swimming squad.

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ur small team walked away with 27 medals and achieved 122 personal best times at the WP Championships in December 2014. We advanced on to our national age group meets in March 2015. At the Senior Level Three National

The final gala for the 2014/2015 season ended at the SA Senior Nationals in April, at the Durban Kings Park Swimming Pool, where six of our swimmers qualified to compete. This is where the best senior

Gala in Port Elizabeth, three senior swimmers from Players achieved 15 personal best times. The Junior Level Two National Gala in East London followed, where our very small team walked away with 50 medals, 150 personal best times and finished second overall out of the 30 teams that competed. Two of our swimmers were awarded

swimmers in the country compete to qualify for international events, including Cameron van den Burgh and Chad Le Clos. Our boys returned with 20 personal bests, 1 gold medal and 3 bronze medals. The 2015/2016 season started with three Short Course League Galas building up to SA

with Junior National Colours.

Senior Nationals Short Course Championships in Pietermaritzburg where three of our swimmers competed, returning with 22 personal bests and 1 gold medal in the 800 freestyle. The Players Swimming squad walked away with 84 personal best times, 8 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 4 bronze medals at The WP Short Course Championships at the Long Street Swimming Pool. Our summer training is now in full swing and the squad is looking forward to an even better season ahead. Thank you to all for your support. Paul and Tasmin Emslie

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“Christmas in Winter”

enjoyed by Val de Vie residents

Every year during mid-winter Tulbagh celebrates “Christmas in Winter”, with true country hospitality.

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group of Val de Vie residents departed early Saturday morning by chartered bus on the

90km journey and arrived at the historic Tulbagh Hotel for a tasty country breakfast. After breakfast, we did our own wine route tour to beautiful Krone, Saronsberg and Montpellier wine estates. The live music and entertainment associated with good wine and good company were enjoyed by all. As the wine tasting progressed, we learnt that the uncorking of wine also brought alive some singing talent and entertaining personalities. After the celebrations at the wine estates, a sing along bus drive took us back to Tulbagh by midafternoon. We partook in visits to the galleries, craft markets and live music festivities, where we then settled at a restaurant with log fires, gluwein and a hearty warm meal. We wish to thank all the participants for their festive spirit and look forward to the next Val de Vie social tour. Johan Stander Val de Vie Resident

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n the book “Branded by Grace”, Chippy Brand tells his story of success through the Grace of God while he was developing a golf course and building hotels. This is our story of being “Branded by

equipment was stowed away. On that day, a huge tree branch broke off and fell right across the sandbox area, crushing two stainless steel umbrellas and covering the entire sandbox. God had his hand over our children, because

Will this new venture work? In January, we opened our doors to 19 children. By June we had 49 enrolments and by January 2014 we reached full capacity. Since then, we have tried to use every bit of space available to

Grace”. In 2009, a dynamic local preacher, took his chances and asked us to start a preschool at his church. Very uncertain about the outcome, I perused the opportunity only because God made me a promise through Deuteronomy 11:14. The verse says: “I will give you rain in your land in his due season,

on that day, there was not a single child in the sandbox, and not a single child had as much as a bruise! God is merciful, and He pours His Grace onto us without asking for payback. God kept his promise and in 2012, we opened a new branch of Kinder Ark on Val De

accommodate new enrolments. Today, we take care of 90 children, and we still have new enrolments asking for space every day. The need for a bigger premises became eminent. Because it was such a big undertaking, a few large companies were approached. For a while, we thought that the

the first rain and the latter rain, that you mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.” This was the initial verse, only later I learnt that the beginning of the verse says: “If you obey me, and if you love me.” And of course I do, but now I realise that at

Vie Estate. Again, we experienced uncertainty.

existence of Kinder Ark on Val De Vie was

the time, God showed me pure Grace, with no restrictions. When it came to picking a name for the preschool, many were brainstormed, but we decided on Kinder Ark, because our goal was to ask protection over our children as much as Noah asked for protection over his family. Protection is what we have received for the past six years. What follows, is an incredible testimony. On a sunny day in April, we had a freak accident at the preschool. It happened at about 13h10. Normally, by that time of the day, we would gather all the children to play in the sandbox, because the larger playground Val de Vie

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terminated. However, God had other plans. He blessed us with hope for an even better and bigger premises. We are delighted to be able stay on Val De Vie Estate for a while longer. We pray for the school and we believe, that we are staying here because we have a purpose to fulfil. In such a manner, we trust that every child who crosses our threshold, has a purpose as well. Therefore, we try to concentrate as much as we can on individualism and the uniqueness of Creation, so that we can armour students with tools to reach full potential, not for self gain, but to serve others. In addition, we put emphasis on the importance of family attachments, so that children are able to grow up securely and with a positive self-esteem. At school, we try to create an event where parents and children spend time together. Such an event was “Bring Daddy to School-Day�. Boys, girls, dads and teachers had so much fun with our vintage racing theme. Bringing dad to school, surely was one of the highlights of the year!! Kinder Ark blessings

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Safety & Security

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Stable Talk

Spring is in the air I

t is that time of year again when we dust off the polo helmets and polish the boots and look forward to summer. Our polo ponies have gradually come back into their training routines and we will be pushing full steam ahead, playing polo by the beginning of October, continuing with the season until May 2016. We have a jam packed polo season up ahead, with what promises to be very exciting polo and I am confident that we will be hosting some of the best played polo in the country again. Be sure to keep an eye on the Val de Vie website for any updates on the events and fixtures. If anyone is interested in learning how to play polo then look no further than our very own Polo Professional, Kevin Rixon. Kevin is an outstanding player who coaches riders to improve and perfect their techniques as well as teaching beginners the rules of the game and how to hold a mallet. Kevin’s knowledge and passion for the horses and the sport is evident in his coaching and he is always willing to go the extra mile. It has not been a dreary winter at all for our horse lovers and riders here at Val de Vie, as we have one of the most exquisite arena’s SA has to offer, which has allowed us to continue throughout the winter with our very demanding training schedules for showjumping and dressage. We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped with the painting of the show jumping poles. The new colourful poles have really added a nice touch to our fabulous arena. Recently, the South African Pony Rider Champs were held in Shongweni in Natal, and our very own Erin Pape and her pony Leeukloof Bevel also known as Leo were chosen to represent the Western Province Open Team. Erin and Leo exceeded expectations and returned with phenomenal results in all of their classes. They competed in the 1.10m classes and finished overall 5th, 7th and 9th out of 36 of

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Stable Talk the top pony riders in the country. We are so proud of them for flying our Val de Vie flag high. We look forward to a prosperous season of polo, showjumping, dressage

the Polo Shop in the Pavilion, which is filled with gorgeous attire for not only players and riders but also for the very ambitious gentlemen who dream of being polo players, as well as the

and endurance ahead and we wish our riders and their trusty steeds all the best in their disciplines respectively. Please remember to be respectful and mindful of our Rules and Regulations when visiting the stables to ensure we continue to interact

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harmoniously with the horses. Please adhere to the visiting times between 08:00 and 17:00. Don’t forget to visit

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How to ride a horse: 1. Mount the horse 2. Stay mounted “A polo handicap is a persons ticket to

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Stable Talk

What you didn’t know about George Mumba Stable Master at Val de Vie

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eorge started his equestrian career as a groom on the 24th January 1987 in Zimbabwe at the Montgomery Stud, which was home to almost 400 horses. This is where George learnt his wonderful horseman skills in working with mares, stallions and yearlings. He was part of a team of 25 grooms and he worked for the stud until 1991. From 1991 until 1995 George worked at a polo yard for Rory Hensman who introduced George to polo for the first time. Rory was a professional polo player and he taught George how to ride and school polo ponies. George and his fellow groom trained and looked after 20 polo ponies. In 1995 George moved on to work in Harare at the Craighall Stud with Mike Mouat. George and one fellow groom looked after his 7 polo ponies and learnt a tremendous amount about polo and gained invaluable knowledge. In 2000 Mike, his family, George and his horses all moved to South Africa and took up residence in Plettenbergbay. Mike established his own polo club called Redford Polo Club where he and George continued their partnership. Unfortunately, in 2010 Mike had a riding accident and stopped riding. So George followed his dreams and moved to Cape Town. On the 1st June 2010, George started his journey at Val de Vie as the Stable Master. George has a team of 15 grooms, whom he trains and teaches to ride polo ponies and how to work with the horses correctly in a harmonious way. George is an extremely talented rider and polo player and he was granted a “0” handicap 2005 at the Redford Polo Club in Plettenbergbay, which he has been able to keep up to date, which is a wonderful achievement. George’s best horse throughout his career was a horse called Fairlight, who he trained up off the racing track to play polo and who continued to play successfully. Val de Vie Estate is so grateful to have George on their Equestrian and Polo team and his knowledge and compassion for horses goes beyond the ordinary. His hard work and dedication is appreciated greatly and I look forward to a long and rewarding journey with him.

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Maintenance Report O

ur small but efficient facilities team, managed by Naas Engelbrecht, are kept busy with

the various tasks required of them in maintaining a prestigious estate like Val de Vie. We caught up with Naas to hear from him first hand what they have been working on over the last few months. Here is what Naas had to say.

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The whole of Val de Vie’s irrigation system was controlled by a Hunter control system. The system had reached its end of life and had to be replaced, as no upgrades were available. It was decided to install a Mottech replacement system. The first phase of the installation was done last year and the balance this year. Val de Vie is now

areas previously seen as low maintenance areas and thus improve the overall aesthetics of the estate. Focusing on main road axis’s has also become important, as the estate is being built up. Berg River Way, Palomino (previously only

completely running on a Mottech system, which has proven to be superior to the previous system in many ways. The most important aspect of this system, is that it can never be phased out as with the Hunter system, but merely updated or

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Better control of water usage on irrigated areas is of utmost importance. Installing computer controlled irrigation in areas previously hand watered means significant savings on water put down. This saving can then be utilised to irrigate

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partially installed) and Main Circle areas have now all been installed with permanent irrigation. Irrigation has also been installed in most of the green fingers between houses where building has been completed.

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5. Walkways

way communication, in that the system will flag any valve failure or communication problems.

We have installed new walkways enabling residents to access facilities more easily, and we intend on laying out another walkway from the Sport and Leisure Centre leading to the Pavilion. The installation of the walkways also results in areas being upgraded on the landscape side, as they are now more accessible.

3. Speed calming Speed bumps are being installed in strategic places on roads in Village I. A new speed camera has also been purchased to monitor speed on the estate.

4. Storm water channels

6. Drainage

Several storm water channels have been upgraded to be aesthetically pleasing. Some 500 meters of channelling has been installed or upgraded by

As houses are being built, surface water flow is being affected and action must be taken to remedy ponding in residential erven. Areas affecting some 20 erven have been

lining them with pebbles. This enables Val de Vie

actioned this year, but this is an ongoing

to establish more permanent landscaping around them, improving the aesthetics.

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9. Olive trees

We have been trying to move less intensive landscaping areas, to semi intensive areas and

We have had our first significant olive harvest. Our previous harvest yielded 250 litres olive oil

semi intensive to intensive areas. Just to give one an indication of costs involved: • R59 000 has been spent on filler and replacement to upgrade plants. • R78 000 on fertilising estate parks and flower beds and; • R130 000 on replacement to upgrade trees.

and this year it increased to 760 litres. Depending on the crop, the volume is going to increase exponentially every year. Homeowners will be notified regarding the decision made with regards to the oil we have received. Fertilisation and mulching has taken place to improve growth, and trees are maturing well.

We are presently compiling a list of trees, which will be replaced and planted during spring.

10. Fish in dams

8. Foul sewer pump stations Due to load shedding (sewerage accumulation), end of life being approached and life style changes

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(more solids such as nappies being carried by installation) an improvement in the materials handling pumps had to be looked at. Several options were investigated and a solution was found. The design is being finalised and upgrade to the most important pump station (station 2) will be done this year.

Catching out bottom feeding fish, such as Carp and Barbel, is being carried out on a regular basis. Two species are being re-introduced namely Bass and Kurper. Some 10 000 Kurper are being re-stocked into the dams. The introduction of the Kurper, which are filter feeders will ensure a more balanced ecosystem and clearer water. The bass, being a predator, is introduced to control the fish numbers such as babel.

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Thorburn Security Report

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e can never become complacent with regards to our safety and security. Although Val De Vie Estate has a secure perimeter,

‘internal’ criminal activity possibly occurring on the Estate. It is all of our responsibility on Val De Vie to ensure that we keep our Estate safe

peace of mind. Our biggest threat or vulnerability lies with ‘outsiders’ who are granted temporary access onto the Estate. Stringent security

we will always be under threat of

and secure for all to enjoy and have

measures are in place to verify and confirm contractors or visitors who enter our Estate. We request that all employee and contractor enrolments be done timeously and are confirmed correctly for those who intend working on the Estate for any length of time. This is the only way we can maintain a strict security process of identifying, vetting and confirming access to the Estate. The liability and responsibility of

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safety and security on the Estate. We want all our homeowners and residents guests to have a memorable experience when they visit our Estate. From a security point of view, we need to be able to link a guest or visitor with the respective homeowner or resident who is responsible for them. If we cannot directly link a guest or visitor to the respective homeowner or resident, it could create a potential security risk for the Estate. Unfortunately, some of our homeowners and residents have not registered with the PT Guest system, or they do not use the system. This in retrospect has created longer delays for their guests at the main entrance and has sadly left some guests with an unpleasant experience when trying to enter the Estate. If a homeowner or

and adhere to our rules and regulations whilst they are on the Estate. However, it is imperative that

resident is not registered on the PT Guest system, security access codes cannot be issued for the respective guest as they cannot be linked to the relevant homeowner or resident. Please take note that if you have moved to a different erf on the

when a contractor, domestic worker or any employee leaves your employment, that it is immediately reported to the HOA and security office. If these departments are not informed,

Estate, you will need to log onto the PT Guest Website again to enable the system to register you on your new erf. We therefore implore all homeowners and residents to register on the PT Guest system.

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FAQs What are the HOA office hours, and where are they situated? Val de Vie Sport and Leisure Centre Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 07.30 – 16.30 Fridays 07.30 – 16.00 Closed on weekends and public holidays.

When are Levy payments due, and how does the extra levy affect me? 1st of the month, in advance. When you buy a plot from 1 September 2012 in the extra levy phase, you have a 4-month grace period from date of transfer, to do your planning and to start building before the extra levy is applicable. When building starts, you then have an additional 11-month period to complete the project, in which the extra levy will again not be applicable.

How do I update my personal information with the HOA?

example, two dogs and one cat. Only domestic animals posing no danger, noise, or odours may be kept. All domestic animals must at all times bear a tag which reflects the name, telephone number, and SG number of their owner.

How, and when can I obtain a remote for the inner lane booms/river frontage gates? Remotes are available to residents only, at a cost of R220 per remote. Landowners that are in the planning phase, may request the building control

recyclable material will be collected. All you need to do is put your ‘dry’ recyclable waste into the free clear bag you are provided with. Then place it next to or on top of your refuse bin, ready for collection. Homeowners can also make use of the paper and glass banks at the Maintenance Centre.

What fish have been established in the dams, and is fishing allowed? Grass Carp, Kurper, and Bass have been stocked in our dams. Fishing is only allowed on a catch-and-

office to motivate an application for a remote. Remotes can be ordered, and paid for, at the HOA reception.

release basis. Please respect these resources.

How and when do I obtain my post box key?

The HOA Picnic Area is located on the banks of the Berg River, on the Northern side of the Estate. Access to the River Frontage

A post box key can only be obtained after the

Please update your personal information on the Val de Vie Community Portal. For more information, please contact the HOA at:

What is my Val de Vie postal address?

hoa@valdevie.co.za.

Val de Vie Estate, Paarl, Kliprug Minor Road, 7646

and Picnic Area is controlled, and only possible to residents via pre-programmed remote controls (with the same remote as for inner lane booms). Access is only possible via three gates - the Southern Gate, the Gate at the Picnic Area, and the Northern Gate.

How and when can I do my security gate enrolment?

How often is postage sorted?

Access is limited to non-motorised transport, during daylight hours only.

Postage is retrieved from town, and sorted daily. You will receive a notification slip in your box for parcels that are too big for the box. These letters/

Who can I contact for electrical or plumbing assistance?

New HOA Members: Gate enrolment can only be done after the

property has been transferred into your name, during office hours at the HOA reception.

How do I gain access to the Picnic Area?

Name and Surname ... (your SG number)

property has been registered in your name, during office hours at the HOA reception and proof of identification is required.

parcels need to be signed for, and collected, during office hours at the HOA reception.

New Tenants: Enrolment can only be done after tenants obtain approval from the HOA. Copies of identification

It is the homeowners responsibility to apply for a dustbin, once Drakenstein occupation is issued.

documents, and rental agreements, must accompany completed enrolment forms. Workers: All domestics, gardeners, au pairs, butlers, etc., need to be enrolled, with necessary identification documents. Valid work permits are mandatory for foreign workers.

How many pets are allowed?

How do I apply for a dustbin?

Use your SG number as reference, and phone Drakenstein Municipality at 021 807 4715.

When is refuse removal? Our refuse removal is done weekly, by Drakenstein Municipality. We form part of their ‘purple zone’. For collection days, please refer to their schedule at www.drakenstein.gov.za

Does Val de Vie provide for recycling?

No more than three animals may be kept per

The Estate is part of the municipal door-to-door recycling service. Each week,

unit with a limit to two animals of a kind, for

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Electrician: Steven Jones, 021 872 8711 / 082 802 7219 Plumbing: Casa Plumbing, 021 855 3035 / 078 920 6491 Val de Vie Homeowners’ Association does not guarantee, or take any responsibility for the quality of services, products provided, or the conduct of any of the service providers mentioned in this publication.

How does the PT Guest System work? Please visit the Val de Vie Website on the HOA Internal Communication link, for step-by-step instructions on how this paperless visitor enrolment system works.

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Estate Rules Highlighted

Home and garden maintenance W

ith the warmer spring weather approaching, we want to encourage our homeowners to start inspecting the exterior of

• Skew aircon screens / shutters; • Weathered windows and doors; • Leaves and debris in gutters;

their homes, as well as the state of their gardens and spring into action with proper maintenance. We compiled a list of a few common exterior issues that you can look out for when inspecting your home: • Cracking and chipping of paint on the house as well as boundary walls (Samples of approved

• Dead plants or shrubs in the garden; • Weeds in flowerbeds and lawn.

paint colours available at the HOA Office); • Water stained walls; • Missing, loose, or damaged tiles on roofs; • Weathered timber, eg shutters / pergolas / fascia boards / aircon screens; • Faded / torn awnings;

its best. Remember to consult the HOA Office prior to making alterations to your home in order to ensure you have the necessary approval.

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Val de Vie - Directory HOA ENQUIRIES 021 863 6128 hoa@valdevie.co.za

OTHER SAPS – PAARL 021 807 4000

WATER / ELECTRICITY 021 807 2557

POLO 021 863 6169 polo@valdevie.co.za

SAP FLYING SQUAD 10111

TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT 021 872 4755

SALES OFFICE 021 863 6101

FIRE BRIGADE 021 872 2323

ANIMAL HOSPITAL - WELLINGTON 021 873 1196

WINES

AMBULANCE - PAARL

VETERINARIAN

021 863 6100 wines@valdevie.co.za

10177 021 872 1970

DR DEON VAN TONDER 083 631 4603

POLO CLUB RESTAURANT 021 863 6174 restaurant@valdevie.co.za

RESCUE EMERGENCY 10177

PAARL LIBRARY 021 807 4871 / 4742

BUILDING DEPARTMENT 021 863 6127 kobus.rossouw@valdevie.co.za

ER EMERGENCY RESPONSE 084 124

PAARL TOURISM 021 872 4842

RYK NEETHLING SWIM SCHOOL 082 747 8277 valdevie@learntoswim.co.za

PAARL HOSPITAL 021 860 2500

FRANSCHHOEK TOURISM 021 876 3603

SECURITY 021 863 6110 072 900 3954

MEDI CLINIC - PAARL 021 807 8000

POISON / SNAKE BITE INFORMATION 021 689 5227 021 931 6129

HEALTH CLUB 021 863 6136 healthclub@valdevie.co.za

DRAKENSTEIN MUNICIPALITY / GENERAL 021 807 4500

POST OFFICE - 57 LADY GREY STR, PAARL 021 872 5337

EVENTS & MARKETING 021 863 6191 / 6131 events@valdevie.co.za

DRAKENSTEIN WASTE REMOVAL QUERIES 021 807 4715

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from architectural design to completed build... Bergstreme Developments & Architectural Designs have over 16 years building experience on some of the most prestigious estates in the Western Cape.

...with a focus on building and designing energy-efficient homes Bergstreme Developments offer a full service solution to clients, from architectural design (including 3D rendering) to completed build, including a full showroom in Paarl for clients to choose their own finishes. They are a member of the Green Building Council and also work with EcoDesigner software, so their attention is also on building for the future. This dedicated and flexible team’s approach remains on quality and detail.

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